Navin is an idiot. He grew up in Mississippi as adopted son of a black family but on his 18th birthday he feels he wants to discover the rest of the world and sets out to St. Louis. There everyone exploits his naivety, but then a simple invention brings him a fortune. Written by
Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>
He was a poor black sharecropper's son who never dreamed he was adopted.
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Did You Know?
The idea for the film came from a stand-up routine of Steve Martin
(included on his debut comedy album, 'Let's Get Small'), in which he claimed to have been "born a poor black child" and how, after hearing his first Mantovani
record, he "decided to become white". See more
During Catlin Adams
's stunt where she falls off the bike after going through the flaming wall, the wire used to snag her off the bike is obviously visible during her ride towards the wall. See more
Navin R. Johnson
Huh? I am *not* a bum. I'm a jerk. I once had wealth, power, and the love of a beautiful woman. Now I only have two things: my friends, and... uh... my thermos. Huh? My story? Okay. It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin' on the porch with my family, singin' and dancin' down in Mississippi...
Pig Eye Jackson - Cat Juggler (Steve Martin) See more
Featured in Black Hawk Down
You Belong To Me
Sung by Bernadette Peters
and Steve Martin
Music by Lee David
Lyric by Billy Rose See more